[CrackMonkey] This One Is For Mr. Marti
Seth David Schoen
schoen at loyalty.org
Wed Feb 7 16:45:02 PST 2001
Mr . Bad writes:
> ...but I figgered I'd send it to all of Crackmonkey, too.
> Here's the issue:
> From: DG <inanna500k at yahoo.com>
> To: Biddy <biddyrem at earthlink.net>
> Date: Friday, February 02, 2001 2:27 PM
> Subject: Re: video copyrights
> >Actually - it is perfectly LEGAL to copy a rented videotape. I can't
> >site the statures - but its true. (someone like Mr. Bad will prolly have details.)
> I'm not sure of the answer on this one. I'm fairly certain that you're
> within your fair use rights to make a backup copy of a videotape that
> you have BOUGHT.
> However, are you within those rights for a tape that you RENTED? My
> spidey senses say no. The justification for archive copying of
> something you bought doesn't seem to hold if there's a time limit on
> how long you can use the original.
17 USC 117 for computer programs. You can make backup copies if you
own the program but not if you've rented it.
Further, I don't see anything in the Copyright Act that would allow
this for rented videos, which aren't computer programs -- or even for
videos that you buy except for the general provisions of 17 USC 107
which wouldn't necessarily allow that.
Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org> | And do not say, I will study when I
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